This back-alley entrance was said to be serving 3,300 children per day, under the sponsorship of Feeding Our Future, as reported by the FBI. The “Epic” referred to on the door was Epic Therapy, another short-lived nonprofit said to be capable of serving an additional 5,500 children per day, under the sponsorship of the rival nonprofit network Partners in Nutrition.
Our final stop on the tour is 651 Taft Street NE. This office building, in an industrial area in northeast Minneapolis, is the headquarters of Youth Leadership Academy. Doing business as “Gar Gaar Family Services,” Youth Leadership was the third large free-food network shut down by the state Department of Education.
It has operated 30 sites under the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) before being shut down. Its application to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), was denied by the Department. It is appealing that decision to the state Court of Appeals.